Sports Scene: June 17-23, 2014
Clint Dempsey scores his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.
The U.S. men’s national team earned a 2-2 draw with Portugal, highlighted by goals from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey, in the second round of group play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Manaus, Brazil. Team USA seeks a win or draw Thursday against Germany to advance to the round of 16.
Michal Smolen, the U23 world champion, paddled his way to a bronze medal at the third ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in the men’s K-1 event in Prague.
Jill Kintner and Luca Cometti claimed the women’s and men’s dual slalom titles at the 2014 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships in Angel Fire, New Mexico.
Cindy Lu and Camilla Feeley finished in the top senior and junior spots at the 2014 USA Rhythmic Gymnastics National Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, the qualifying competition for the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships, which serves as the national championships for rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling and acrobatic gymnastics.
The U.S. women took home seven medals (two golds, three silvers, two bronzes) at the 2014 World Rowing Cup 2 in Lake Aiguebelette, France.
With times of 15:34:23 and 8:11:00, Katie Ledecky broke her own world records in the 1,500- and 800-meter freestyle events at the 2014 Woodlands Swim Team Senior Invitational in Shenandoah, Texas.
Meanwhile, in Santa Clara, California, Conor Dwyer clinched the men’s overall title, while Caitlin Leverenz led the U.S. women with a second-place finish overall at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix.
Paralympic champion Jessica Long broke her own world record by 11 seconds in the 200-meter butterfly (2:36.50) in the S8 class in the Jimi Flowers Classic meet in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Becca Meyers set a Parapan American record in the 200 butterfly at 2:33.11 in the S13 class.
Track & Field
Rachel Morrison’s throw of 18.82 meters shattered the 13-year-old world record in the women’s F51 club throw at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships in San Mateo, California. On the men’s side, Josh George secured four wins in T53-54 competition.
The U.S. duo of John Hyden and Tri Bourne won their first world tour gold medal at the FIVB Berlin Grand Slam.
The U.S. women claimed the silver medal at the 2014 ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships in Elblag, Poland.
Spenser Mango swept Sam Hazewinkel in two straight matches in the final of the U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Trials Friday night in Daytona Beach, Florida. Mango, a two-time Olympian, made his fifth consecutive world team.
Also This Week:
Brady Ellison won the men’s recurve competition with a 6-0 shutout at the 2014 SoCal Showdown in Chula Vista, California…Alex Morgan, coming off an ankle injury, scored two goals to help the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to a 2-2 draw against France…Highlighted by first-round wins from Denis Kudla and Victoria Duval, the United States earned four qualifying spots at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships in London. No. 1-ranked Serena Williams faces Anna Tatishvilli Tuesday.